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  • Kenny chats to Matthew McCulloch of Langmeil Winery

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  • HDW fun facts that you probably didn’t know about champagne.


    1. The existence of champagne came about by accident. During the cold winters in Champagne, France the fermentation process would get interrupted and when spring came along it would restart again. The winemakers would then try to stop the 2nd fermentation, but failed. As a result champagne was born.

    2. Ever wondered why champagne bottles look different from normal wine bottles? Initially they were stored in the same bottles. However, these bottle weren’t designed to withstand the pressure of the second fermentation and they kept on exploding. This is the reason champagne bottles have a deeper indentation.

    3. The thing that gives champagne the air of sophistication are the bubbles.The bubbles in a bottle of champagne are around 49 million with 30 extra bubbles being created every second. The proper name for the train of bubbles going up the glass is collarets.

    4. Popping bottles might be fun, but a champagne cork is very dangerous.. Your chances of being killed by a cork is more likely than a venomous spider. The reason for this is the high speed( 64kms/hour) of a cork with it being able to travel 54 meters.

    5. Champagne bottles actually have a variation of bottle sizes. More surprising is the fact that they have biblical origins. The biggest bottle is called Melchizedek and is 40 times bigger than a normal bottle. At half the size you have the Nebuchadnezzar and the Methuselah is a fifth the size of the Melchizedek

    We have a great range of Cava, Prosecco and Champagne that will see you through all the celebrations this festive season


    It’s Christmas time and everyone likes a little bit of sparkle this time of year! But do you choose a Prosecco or Champagne or even Cava - what’s the difference?

    Put simply it’s just the region of the grapes. Champagne comes from the French Champagne region, Prosecco from Italy and Cava from Spain.

    But what do you bring to a party to serve to your guest. Here’s the HDW guide to Champagne vs Prosecco vs Cava - it’s the battle of the bubbles!hdw-guide-to-sparkling-christmas



    Sam Neill is an actor who has frequented the large and small screens alike from blockbusters like Jurassic Park, The Piano and recently How to Hunt the Wilderpeople.

    But it’s not his acting skills that we are honing in on! New Zealander, Sam decided to invest the money he has made from these admirably steady stream of roles into fields of grapes - vineyards!

    This passion for alcohol is not one that was made on a whim. His father, following a career in the army took over the family liquor business that specialised in Beehive brandy imported from France and family members generations back imported Sicilian wine - alcohol is in his blood!

    Sam’s first venture into vineyard ownership was planting five acres of Pinot Noir in Gibbston. This is known as The First Paddock and was bought in 1993 and he claims it is the world’s southernmost vineyard!

    Six years later he purchased another seven-acre plot, which supplies the Proprietor’s Reserve bottling called The Last Chance after the Alexandra subregion’s gold-mining past. Neill is immensely proud of the fact that the spicy single-vineyard Last Chance 2012 won a trophy in the International Wine Challenge.

    His final purchase was a vineyard in Bannockburn. The Pinot Noir from this vineyard is destined for his third Proprietor’s Reserve bottling, one named after his dad, The Fusilier. The very polished 2014, which we have in stock, is the first vintage from this mature 15-acre vineyard.


  • Home Delivery Wine talk to Gerry White of Jawbox Gin

    Jawbox is Ireland's only single estate gin. Produced entirely at the Echlinville Distillery in Kircubbin, Northern Ireland. Each part of the production, from the grain to the gin in your glass, is sourced locally and is hand crafted under the watchful eye of the Jawbox Gin's founder Gerry White. Kenny from Home Delivery Wine managed to catch up with him for an exclusive interview...

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  • A Delight at De Bortoli Vineyard

    de-bortoli-bannerThird stop was to De Bortoli, whose winemaking philosophy is that great wine begins in the vineyard. The belief is that sustainable vineyard practices will deliver exceptional fruit quality to the winery as well as real environmental benefits.

    The focus is on careful site selection, vine maturity and high input viticulture with a move towards biological farming principles. There is also increasing awareness of the importance of single vineyard wines. In the winery minimal interference, allowing the wine to 'make itself' and the mantra ‘it is harder to do nothing’ encapsulate this belief.

    'It's about site and season, making wines with detail, texture and minerality, charm and interest. Character and personality in wine comes from the imperfections of nature.' Steve Webber, Winemaker.
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